Joe is definitely a character and has the best interest of your dog and yourself at heart. I've been fortunate to attend his classes since my pitbull was 4 months as you can go as long as you want. It was my responsibility to have a docile example of a dog. My dog is docile and listens to me to a tee. Thank you JR for your love of these misunderstood companions.
I went to JR for help with my puppy, a little background my dog Juice would pull, chew up everything and would not abide by my rules and commands. I googled Dog Trainers Montreal and went with another company that I will not name and spent 700$ with them for nothing they used a treat reward system which worked for the first 2 weeks then when I stopped giving him treats he went back to the way he was. My Family and I contemplated giving him up, but we decided to give it another chanced as the kids were in love with Juice. In comes JR and in the first 10min of being with Juice I saw a change, we have completed the 8 week course with him and I can proudly say that my dog will now stop and sit on a dime without a leash, he's happier and more importantly my family is happier! I should have gone to him first but I am glad that he could help us and correct the mistakes I/we were making! I cannot thank him enough, he is the best.
Joe is definitely a character and has the best interest of your dog and yourself at heart. I've been fortunate to attend his classes since my pitbull was 4 months as you can go as long as you want. It was my responsability to have a docile example of a dog. My dog is docile and listens to me to a tee. Thank you JR for your love of these misunderstood companions.
I have spoken to many friends who have had him and they have all sworn by him, he is patient and very good at what he does, I saw a change in the way my dog responded to us almost immediately. If you are looking for a dog training he is very good, comes to you for a consultation and is very accommodating.
I am so thankful for JR and his guidance that I now have an important member of the family who is playful, fun and very affectionate, but most of all obedient. My hat is off to JR as he was the right all dogs can be trained and that you just need to put your effort and time in as well as having the right instructor
Choose JR as your dog trainer you will not be disappointed
Making JR our choice, showed improvement almost immediately. After training, he is well behaved and more attentive on and off the leashWe see improvements every class we attend. Choose JR as your dog trainer you will not be disappointed.
JR has been privately training our two adult bulldogs for the last month and it has been amazing! One of my dogs who we could never get to sit now sits when told to with no hesitation. The other one who was beginning to show signs of aggression towards our two small children is becoming calmer and much more trustworthy. JR is getting their fighting under control (both with each other and the vacuum) and we couldn't be happier. My dogs love all the praise and attention they get from JR during their sessions and are always excited to see him! It is such a relief to have his help and I wish we had contacted him much sooner.
I first met JR 15 years ago when my parents took our family dog to him. The dog had become aggressive and we wouldn't have been able to keep him if we didn't get his behaviour under control. But with JR's help we were able to do just that and I got to spend many years with one of the best dogs ever. Now, all these years later, he's helping my family again. Thank you, JR!
Please please do not believe all you read..JR has trained 3 of my dogs..one was saved because of his methods..I can't thank JR enough..truly great trainer..he has done so much for us...we strongly recommend people who love their dogs use him..he's great, fair and passionate about his work..some people are not fair about him, and will say things just to rock the boat...our whole family has used his services for years..there is no one better...as a matter of fact in his class that we attended there were 3 dog owners that had used other so called trainers..and still needed to come to JR's classes so he could fix what the others had or hadn't done.....thanks JR....keep up the good work.. Ray.
JR is extremely knowledgeable and one of a kind. The steps he provided to assist in training are easy to understand and presented well. The trick to the training is actually performing the actions on your own. Trainers can't train your dog, they train us and then we have to implement the changes in our behavior which can lead to changes in the dog's behavior. If you are invested in your dog and willing to put in the time then you will see positive results. JR was very professional and really helped our family train our pup. Thanks JR
He helped me turn my doberman from a menace to a great dog who listened and obeyed me extremely well. I admit i was skeptical at first, but JR's Dog training is hands down the best thing I did for my dog. JR helped me out in my situation, helped train my dog and worked with me at every step of the way and i am very thankful. He was recommended to me by friends AND my vet! A vet won't recommend just anyone, but only what is best for the dog, and JR is the best
My 2 years old boxer (Hugo) and I are students at JR's school for over 3 months...and every week I see significant change in him; and I keep bringing him to JR's class not because I see degradation in his behavior but because I want to be completely stress free when I take him for a walk.
So, to put you in perspective, Hugo...is a boxer, lots of energy which seems to translate in a very volatile behavior: (i) very crazy playful to, what it used to be, (ii) very aggressive (towards new dogs). My wife and I, at one point, we counted the number of "dog-friends" he had and it turned out to be around 20...but every time he saw new dogs he would, sincerely, loose it and would charge at them. Also, every time people or DOGS walked in front of our place he would bark none stop until they were out of sight (mind you, he's a big teddy bear with children and strangers). And, on his walk, every time he saw someone walking towards us, he would pull towards them (did not show signs of aggressivity) but, honestly, people would get scared (I completely understand them). So, we were in a very delicate situation, I would be stressed coming from work thinking of where can I take my dog for a walk without any sort of complications...and, man, did I not want to leave Hugo excluded from society...things would have certainly got a lot worse. So, at one point we thought of giving him away (which hurt me so much, we are so attached to him and he trusts us with his life, extremely loyal) but who would have taken him anyway? And one last thing, as soon as we got Hugo at 7 weeks old, we called a trainer who only believes in positive reinforcement. This guy, honestly, also did a great job. But at one point, with Hugo's impulsivity and power and with his desire to become head of the pact (it would seem), we had to think like a parent and start to put him in his rightful position.
If at this point, your dog's behavior does not match Hugo's, don't worry, JR dealt with all sorts of dogs (ex: simple puppies and dogs that are unfriendly to: children, cyclists, skateborders, pedestrians, cars...and dogs ;) ) . Joe believes so much in his capabilities that he would assess the situation before hand, and he would then fixe the price; if however you need more classes or you want more classes, he would not charge you a penny more (unless you want a different type of training; ex: guard dog)!
Now, the one point that seems recurrent in the reviews relates to his methods. One thing that I have to tell you is that the people who quit his class before the end of their corresponding program, will tell you mostly inaccurate things on JR: that he hates dogs and that he apparently insults his clients! First, I have to tell you, for those who don't know, the dogs are rarely the ones to be blamed on for their bad behavior, so you should also be expected to receive some adequate education from any trainer, including JR. So, during your first classes with JR, you should expect a more conservative approach, where he will quickly tell you when to: make you dog sit, when to start walking with him, make him sit again, walk, sit, etc. And if the dog does not listen or if you don't correct your dog accordingly, Joe will intervene. And when he intervenes and if you mistakenly generalise his methods on the inaccurate reviews here, you'll think that Joe does not train dogs properly and you'll think that he insults you...but after some time in his class I came to realise that he is very direct in his comments because he simply does not want your corrections to be repeated unnecessarily. Yes, as taboo as it seems nowadays, we use such things as the choker in his class, BUT trainers like Joe, teach us how to properly use the choke so that dogs are not harm by it (as opposed to the other reviewer who probably did not stay long enough in the class) and if used properly only the sound of the chain does the job...no need to choke him at all!
At first, I was very worried about using other techniques than positive reinforcements, believing the possibility that Hugo would get even worse than his initial situation. HA! now, after 3 months in JR's class, Hugo not only walks by me with no leash when other dogs are around (see, don't need the choke anymore) but, so far, he made 5 new dog friends (something I would never have imagined)! I even get compliments on his behavior, and I have seen so far no unexpected bad behavior coming from him. In a few words, JR has fixed every problem I mentioned and thanks to him, I avoided doing something extremely regretful: abandoning him!
I am a fan of JR for one reason, the results, the tools he gives us as pet owners to train our dogs is in the end, a life saver. The amount of times I am juggling groceries, my kids and the dogs, I have to say the results are proven to work. My dogs are calm, excellent off leash dogs and wonderful family companions. His technique with the chain is limited to shock training, it isn't meant to hurt the dog or abuse it in any way (I am a huge animal activist, I wouldn't do anything to harm my babies in any way) Essentially with the pack mentality in mind, a mother to it's pups will use body language to communicate danger. Often (just like spanking with our kids) if a pup strays the mother will not be gentle and nip the pup so it understands BAD IDEA, the pup doesn't need to know why, it just needs to listen for it's own safety. As soon as my dog got the idea of what the chain was for, we switched over to the commands using sounds like a clap or snap of the fingers. The chain was used to associate wrong doing and shock, never to harm.
If the result of the training is a dog that seems to be afraid then as the dog owner you didn't listen correctly and should be worried.
JR trains owners, not dogs, the owners need to understand when adopting a dog, it isn't about the dog listening to you, as much as it is you listening to the dog.
Not a fan of the chain at all, but a proven method that has nothing to do with abuse. Any dog lover with enough academic research will know this!